DEADLINES AND MONKEYSHINES by John J. McPhaul

DEADLINES AND MONKEYSHINES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Chicago news tales by a veteran Chicago newspaperman continue an old tradition from which came Front Page, Ben Hecht's yarns, and dozens of other books and plays. Working back and forth in time, the author spins news room stories of things he saw happen, events which he heard from older men, or incidents which befell his fellow newsman. In all, they make very good reading. Murder stories like the Leopold and Loeb case of course make a naturally large part of a collection from Chicago. But so do recollections of the Haymarket Riots, tales of ribaldry from the Civil War, scenes of reporting from the Chicago Fire, muckraking, or tough competitive practices among aggressive papers like the Herald, Hearst's Examiner, McCormick's Tribune, or The Sun. The famous and the infamous from 100 years of Chicago public life---gangsters, Carl Sandburg, numerous Presidents, murderers--drift in and out of the weaving narrative like lively reminders of a dusty past. When you put the book down then you'll know why Chicago dailies have long proven among the best training grounds for our journalists, novelists and poets.

Publisher: Prentice-Hall